VYDC FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
1. Is housing provided?
Housing is not provided, however, some VYDC host sites provide a housing stipend to help with member rent, paid directly to the member’s landlord. Though members will need to find their own housing options, VYDC program staff will assist in this process by providing incoming members with a contact list so members can connect with potential roommates. VYDC staff can also help incoming members navigate local housing resources and service site supervisors will also help incoming members in their housing search when possible. Some sites are able to help find members affordable housing with community members who support AmeriCorps service in their community.
2. Is healthcare available?
Fulltime members must have health insurance. VYDC offers health insurance to fulltime members who choose the AmeriCorps health insurance option. Basic health care coverage currently is offered to AmeriCorps members through The Corps Network. Please use the following link for information on specific health benefits, the provider network, and how to make a claim - The Corps Network Insurance Plan, click here!
Interested in other benefits offered with VYDC? Check out our benefits tab, click here!
3. How many hours will I typically serve?
Fulltime members will serve a minimum of 1710 hours and halftime members will serve a minimum of 910 hours. Depending on the length of your service term (10 to 12 months of fulltime members), your typical weekly service hours will vary. Fulltime members serving a 12 month (52 week) term will need to average a minimum of 32.7 hours a week. Fulltime members serving a 10 month (44 week) term will need to average a minimum of 38.7 hours a week.
4. What restrictions must VYDC AmeriCorps State members follow?
During Service Hours:
While charging time to the AmeriCorps program, accumulating training, fundraising, serving hours, or otherwise performing activities associated with AmeriCorps, CNCS, VTCNCS, the VYDC, or the host site, members must follow these rules:
No partisan political activity
No voter registration or driving voters to the polls
No protesting (includes organizing or engaging in protests, petitions, boycotts, and strikes)
No pro or anti labor union activity
No religious instruction or proselytizing as part of service
No displacement of employees of an organization
No compensation for service from site or other organizations (will get living allowance from CNCS)
No administrative duties (except those ancillary to service)
No abortion services or referrals
No more than 20% service hours for training
No more than 10% service hours for fundraising
For a more comprehensive list or if you have any questions about these restrictions, please contact a VYDC staff member, or view this pdf.
5. What is AmeriCorps?
AmeriCorps is a network of local, state, and national service programs connecting over 75,000 Americans in intensive community service designed to meet the critical needs in communities around the country. It is made up of three different programs: AmeriCorps State and National, AmeriCorps VISTA, and AmeriCorps NCCC.
As an AmeriCorps member, you can -
Tutor and mentor disadvantaged youth
Improve health services
Build affordable housing
Clean parks and streams
Manage or operate after-school programs
Help communities respond to disaster
Build organization capacity
Since 1994, more than 1,000,000 individuals have provided needed assistance to millions of Americans across the nation through their AmeriCorps service.
For more information, visit their website!
6. How is AmeriCorps different from AmeriCorps VISTA or NCCC?
AmeriCorps is made up of three main programs: AmeriCorps State and National, AmeriCorps VISTA, and AmeriCorps NCCC.
AmeriCorps State and National supports a broad range of local service programs that engage thousands of Americans in intensive direct service to meet critical community needs, including education, public safety, health, and the environment. Full time members serve a minimum of 1710 service hours during their term.
AmeriCorps VISTA provides full-time members to community organizations and public agencies to create and expand programs that build capacity and ultimately bring low-income individuals and communities out of poverty. Founded in 1965 as Volunteers in Service to America by President Lyndon Johnson, it was later incorporated into the AmeriCorps network of programs in 1993. VISTA has been on the front lines of the fight against poverty for over 50 years.
AmeriCorps NCCC (National Civilian Community Corps) is a full-time, ten month, team-based residential program for men and women aged 18-24. The mission of NCCC is to strengthen communities and develop leaders through direct, team-based national and community service. Partnering with non-profits - secular and faith based, local municipalities, state and federal government, national and state parks, and Indian Tribes and schools, members complete service projects throughout the five regions of the nation where NCCC operates.
Your question not answered here?
Feel free to reach out to our Staff or Team Leaders!
Olivia Gotaski, Assistant Director of National Service Programs:
Caitlin Miller, Assistant Director of National Service Programs:
Danielle Shaw, Assistant Director of National Service Programs:
M. Kadie Schaeffer, Director of National Service Programs:
Nathan Steil, VYDC AmeriCorps Leader:
7. What is it like living and serving in Vermont?
Vermont is a beautiful state to live in and emphasizes community, local economy, and conservation. Vermont is very rural, with a population of just over 600,000, and Vermont’s largest city, Burlington, has just about 40,000 people in it. Due to its rural nature, there is very little public transportation in Vermont and virtually none outside the greater Burlington area. Having personal transportation makes a huge difference in being able to explore the state and get to/from service and training. Winters in Vermont are also long, cold, and dark given is northern latitude. However, the long winters afford almost endless opportunities for winter outdoor recreation – from downhill skiing, to snowshoeing, to fat biking. Once the weather warms up, you’ll find most Vermonters out hiking, biking, paddling, and generally enjoying the wild landscape! Please reach out to the VYDC staff or leader with any questions about what it’s like to live and serve in Vermont.